To even begin to try and explain the significance of this place if you don't already know it would be a colossal waste of time--probably a hundred books have already been written on the subject. Anyone who lives in NYC knows the East Village has been gentrified, and CBGB has been nothing more than a deteriorating tourist attraction for years now. However, in the early and mid 70's the place was the epicenter of a music scene and movement that reverberates to this very day. People who hung out there at the time probably had no idea they were witnessing history. A roach infested, sweaty, crowded dive bar in one of the sketchiest neighborhoods of a city that had literally gone bankrupt was the place where rock and roll killed itself and then was resurrected. So the next time you're around Bowery and Bleecker where Bleecker ends, where the Starbucks, McDonalds, $3500 one bedroom apartments, and kids with $400 Ipods now rule the roost, steal a moment and go back in time 30 years. Back to a time when the city was real, and CBGBs was the center of the universe.